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Orchestrating Change

When incoming Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel conducted his first concert at the Hollywood Bowl in September, David Bohnett ’78, the new chairman of the board of the L.A. Philharmonic Association, experienced a welter of emotions.

He was thrilled at the overflow audience of all ages and ethnicities – many of them first-time Philharmonic attendees.

He was moved by “Ode to Joy” played by the musicians of the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), a project dear to his heart.

And he felt a pang of nostalgia, remembering how he came to USC at the age of 18 with

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